The 2016-2017 school year started with a new Principal, new families, new teachers, new friends… something new to learn. But other things remained: smiley faces in the hallways, committed staff, enthusiastic volunteers… a beloved community.
As the months unfolded, a variety of activities took place, and they were only possible thanks to the dedication of parents, staff, and community volunteers. Many events took place from August to May, and here are a few of those.
Claire Biggerstaff, Grace Bain, and Theron Pickett graduated from Lovett High School in May 2017. For their Senior Project, they wanted to learn more about issues and challenges surrounding refugees, and The International Community School seemed like the right place. They visited our school several times, when they observed, filmed and interviewed faculty and students.
This video is the product of their work. Thank you girls!
ICS alumna Amela Orlovic shares her experience about being a refugee from Bosnia. She was live from IOM USA on June 20, 2017 to commemorate World Refugee Day. (Amela is also the daughter of our former TA Ms. Naza, and sister of alumnus Kenan).
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
Atlanta United announced June 17,2017 that 3 academy players, including ICS alumnus Lagos Kunga, have signed professional contracts. Lagos, an 18-year old forward, spent this season with the Atlanta United U-18s and scored 10 goals in 21 appearances. Just a month before, Kunga was called up to play with the United States National Team in the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
Here is the ICS record-breaking sprint relay 4x100m girls: 62.36 seconds by Karissa Smith, Narayah Slowe, Ashoul Yak and Kaylijah Price. They broke the school record that had stood for SIX YEARS this MAY 16, 2017 (set by now-graduating seniors – Yukeria, Asmara, Destoni and Kniasia) And that was when ICS had a 6th grade! Both events, then and now, at the ATC All Comers meet.
Karissa then dusted herself down and smashed her own 400m school record in 75.80 seconds. Kaylijah broke the U9 100m record in 14.47 seconds, while Alex Hibbert broke the boys’ U10 record in 14.76.
Chad Velde-Cabrera joined The International Community School (ICS) as principal on August 5, 2016. Get to know Mr. Velde-Cabrera as he discusses his new position as school leader and answers students’ questions. Video produced by Damian Trapp.
Tuesday the 20th, 2011 about 100 volunteers from Turner Broadcasting came to ICS to volunteer.
The projects took place at the Decatur Campus (on Covington Hwy) and included the Kindergarden playground revitalized, planting butterfly bushes, and flowers, and larger plants around the campus, and staining the wooden benches. They also participated in an art project with Ms. Gay. Even Mayor Kasim Reed came to check out this great work! Turner helped make ICS a better and more beautiful place for our students.
Barbara Thompson, one of the founders of ICS, describes in this short video how the school started with the dream to bring together refugee and local children into a beloved community. She invites to public to go to our website to learn more about the school or to make a financial contribution. (note that the school’s website has changed since then, to www.icsgeorgia.org.
This video was produced by PeopleTV in 2008.